We urgently need your help to provide lifesaving supplies and support to vulnerable communities in Myanmar, including Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh. With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic unfolding around the world, Community Partners International (CPI) mobilized immediately to support Myanmar's most vulnerable people, including Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh.
Community Partners International is working around the clock to help our community-based health partners respond to COVID-19. As well as preparedness training, we are providing essential medical supplies and helping with messaging and health information to keep vulnerable families and communities safe and healthy.
We are helping to coordinate between government and community-based health providers to promote a unified response and facilitate the safe and rapid referral of suspected COVID-19 cases for testing and care.
A baby receives a health check at an ethnic community clinic in Kayin (Karen) State, Myanmar.
Photo: Community Partners International
Your donation today to Community Partners International can help to:
Equip community-based health workers serving vulnerable communities with personal protective equipment including masks, gloves, goggles and suits;
Equip community clinics serving vulnerable communities with essential medicines, equipment and supplies,including non-contact infrared thermometers;
Provide essential hygiene supplies, including soap and hand sanitizer, to vulnerable families;
Identify suspected COVID-19 cases in vulnerable communities and support referral for testing and care;
April 2, 2020 Community Partners International's founder and Board Chair Dr. Tom Lee is an Emergency Room Physician working on the front lines of the COVID-19 response in Los Angeles. In this blog post, he reflects on the challenges he has seen in the last few weeks as the U.S. struggles to cope with the COVID-19 outbreak, and shares his concerns about the potential impact of the pandemic on countries with fragile health systems like Myanmar and Bangladesh.
"There is a tendency during times like these to look inwards – to our families and to ourselves. But we must also continue to look outwards – to our friends, our communities, our country and the world."
By popular demand, Community Partners International (CPI)'s Myanmar team has made a short video in Burmese language showing how to make hand sanitizer using the WHO-recommended formula.
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